Runnymede Borough Council
The historical Borough of Runnymede has many attractions to suit all ages; from Thorpe Park for thrill seekers to relaxing walks along the River Thames, Virginia Water Lake, Savill Garden or in the Windsor Great Park. For family fun, go to Runnymede Pleasure Grounds, the Great Cockcrow miniature steam railway in Lyne or Brackendene BMX track. History and archaeology lovers may prefer to visit Chertsey Abbey, Chertsey Museum or the Air Forces Memorial on Cooper’s Hill.
Runnymede is also home to one of the most spectacular university buildings in the world – the Founder’s Building at Royal Holloway University of London. Functions and events are often held at the university, or at the Borough’s prestigious golf clubs - Foxhill’s Golf and Country Club and Wentworth Golf Club.
Runnymede is located in the Thames Basin and includes the towns and historic villages of Addlestone, Chertsey, Egham, Englefield Green, Longcross, Lyne, New Haw, Ottershaw, Row Town, Thorpe, Virginia Water and Woodham. The north-west boundary cuts across the wooded areas of Windsor Great Park, the west links along the edge of Chobham Common, and the south extends above Woking.
Close to the countryside yet only 30 minutes from central London, Runnymede has good transport links. Rail routes connect all parts of the Borough with London Waterloo. Several bus companies provide access to the surrounding towns, whilst the M3 and M25 motorways give easy access to the rest of England.
Steeped in history, Runnymede is famous for being the place where King John sealed the Magna Carta in 1215. This has become recognised as one of the most important events in English history as it marked the road to individual freedom, parliamentary democracy and to the supremacy of law.
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